Thursday, June 30, 2016

Keely Dairy

While browsing the farmer's market I came across a booth for a local dairy. I had no idea that we had a dairy just a few miles from our house! They have cows that they milk daily and are open for the public any time you want to come and watch them milk. So of course we had to go check it out!

They milk four ladies at a time with these individual pumps that then get emptied into one large industrial grade container. They sell the milk right there or at the farmer's market, fresh milk straight from the cow (with quality checks to make sure it is clean and all that). We bought some and thought it was pretty tasty! Although at $10/gallon, we probably won't be buying it that often.

A close up of the milking pump. If you look closely at the tube, you can see the white of the milk getting pumped out.

They also raise pigs for meat that they sell. They oinked at us and came to see if we had any food for them. Once they saw we didn't have anything, they promptly ignored us.

James and Rett snorted at the pigs and got them to snort back!

A random pen of ducks. I'm not sure what they use these for. Maybe eggs?

They also had a large number of miniature horses. They were so adorable!

The baby calves are kept in this back pen just for the morning milking, then they go back to their mamas. Their little bleats were so adorable! The farmer told us that in the next few months there are 18 cows that will deliver new calves!

We took a trip to the feed store to get our quail food and they had a bunch of baby chicks for sale. James and Rett both wanted to catch one.

Some friends from our ward keep chickens and we started buying our eggs from them. James has decided he likes eggs, but only the eggs we get from them! You would think they wouldn't be that different from grocery store eggs, but you really can tell a difference. The best way I can describe it is that they taste creamier, like you added cheese to them while you were cooking them. Of course, Rett approves as well!

I had to get photographic evidence of James eating some eggs. Otherwise Anthony wouldn't believe me :)

James decided that he wanted to have a sleepover in Rett's room on the futon one night. He fell asleep pretty quickly but Rett kept trying to wake him up to play. I could hear Rett from the other room saying, "James! James!...Jamesy! James!". I finally had to go in there and tell Rett to lay down and go to sleep.

James liked it so much, that he slept in Rett's room for an entire week! We finally had to put them back into separate rooms because they were staying up too late and getting on each other's nerves from all of the togetherness. But it is so nice to see them getting along for once!

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